Denon is no stranger to the discriminating audiophile. Sure, they make mass market receivers and disc players that are geared towards the average consumer, but every now and then, they drop a reference piece that is only for those with serious home theater systems. Their latest disc player is one such reference piece. The DVD-A1UDCI is the latest universal player, and by universal, I mean universal! If it’s on a round shiny disc, this sucker will play it. Well, with the exception of HD DVD discs, but those are the breaks. Sorry to the three HD DVD fanboys holding the fort down. It will play Blu-ray, SACD, DVD-A, DVD-V and CD.
Before I talk about the technical aspects, the size and heft of the player is something to admire. It weighs in at almost a whopping 42lbs. The machine sets the standard in state-of-the-art audio and video reproduction. CD playback is incredible thanks to Denon’s new AL32 advanced digital audio processing, which upconverts conventional 16-bit CDs to a full 32-bit digital format, eliminating distortion and jitter.
In terms of video quality, the Silicon Optix Realta HQV processor provides superb DVD deinterlacing and upconversion to HD. With balanced stereo analog outputs, the DVD-A1UDCI is equipped with true 32-bit dual differential DACs (digital to analog converters) for each channel, along with conventional analog 7.1 outputs. The dual parallel HDMI outputs can be assigned with HDMI Pure Direct Mode, with one HDMI output for audio and the other HDMI output for video. BD-Live functionality is available via Ethernet connection.
So if you demand the best, regardless of the cost, then the DVD-A1UDCI is the player for you.